Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2015/Question A 06
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Question A 06 

Consider the following linear system written in augmented matrix form: Write the solution or solutions, or state that none exist. 
Make sure you understand the problem fully: What is the question asking you to do? Are there specific conditions or constraints that you should take note of? How will you know if your answer is correct from your work only? Can you rephrase the question in your own words in a way that makes sense to you? 
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Hint 

Rowreduce the given matrix by using row operations to introduce zeroes below the first pivot (the 1 in position (1, 2)). If there are any free variables, simply express them as a parameter (e.g., ). 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. To rowreduce the matrix, we subtract twice the first equation from the second: Denoting the variables represented by the first, second, and third columns as , respectively, we obtain from the last equation, so Substituting this back into the first equation, we obtain The solutions are therefore 